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Updated: December 23, 2011 23:19 IST

Kayani rules out military takeover

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Calls the speculation as bogey to divert the focus from real issues

Pakistan's Army chief Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani on Friday said his force would back democracy and dismissed speculation of a military takeover as “misleading,” saying they are being used as a “bogey” to divert the focus from “real issues.”

The statement came a day after Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani warned that conspiracies were being hatched to “pack up” his democratically elected government. cognisant

The Army chief “reiterated that the Pakistan Army would continue to support democratic process in the country“.

“The Army is fully cognizant of its constitutional obligations and responsibilities,” an army statement on Friday quoted Kayani as saying during his visit to the forward posts in Mohmand and Kurram tribal regions.

However, Inter-Services Public Relations' statement said: “He [Kayani] strongly dispelled the speculation of any military takeover and said these are misleading and are being used as a bogey to divert the focus from the real issues.” The statement did not elaborate what the “real issues” were.

Gen. Kayani emphasised that the issues of national security must be considered on merit alone. “Irrespective of all other considerations, there can be no compromise on national security.”

Army is powerful simply because it has popular support. If 30 million Iraqis or 30 million Afghans can defeat US or NATO, 180 million Pakistanis could certainly defeat our Army if we were against it. Army is the guarantor of our nuclear weapons and the nuclear weapons are the guarantor of the country itself. Of late a term 'Indianness'is in vogue. You don't hear 'Pakistanness' because Pakistanness already has a name, it is called Islam.

from:  Tipu Qaimkhani
Posted on: Dec 26, 2011 at 03:57 IST

Pakistan's Army chief Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani statement that “military takeover as “misleading,” will carry conviction only when the army dismantle the arbitrary exercise of powers through the dreaded ISI. Kayani knows fully well these days the brutal coup d'état under the pretext of saving national honour will find no taker internationally or with in the country. The army will most likely the propping up of Imran Khan’s Thereek-i-Insaaf and a possible new ‘Islamic’ front in the shape of a revamped MMA to retain its role as final arbiter. Nadeem F Pacha writing in Dawn succinctly sumps up “The day state institutions and the military stop becoming the judge and jury of civilian regimes and consequently of those who voted them in (and can vote them out), is when we will be able to claim that yes, democracy certainly has arrived in Pakistan.”

from:  N.G. Krishnan
Posted on: Dec 24, 2011 at 10:18 IST

The Democracy in our neighbouring country has always been fragile.your headline gives a hope to them, but alas the finishing words are not so good."Gen. Kayani emphasised that the issues of national security must be considered on merit alone. “Irrespective of all other considerations, there can be no compromise on national security.” That says it all. Good luck Pakistan!!

from:  Jaya Prakash
Posted on: Dec 24, 2011 at 06:48 IST
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